About this resource

The Guardian Scholars Program is a comprehensive program with the goal of supporting former foster youth in their efforts to gain a college education.  Through advocacy, support, and empowerment, the Guardian Scholars Program creates vibrant communities on California college and university campuses to engage current and former foster youth to attain college degrees, stable housing, and career-path employment. Below are the lists of schools that currently have Guardian Scholars Programs:

Santiago Canyon College

Website: https://sccollege.edu/StudentServices/Outreach/Pages/Guardian-Scholars.aspx

Phone: (714) 628-4709

Southwestern College

Website: http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=2777

Phone: (619) 421-6700 ext. 5508

Email: [email protected]

Napa Valley College

Website: https://www.napacoe.org/programs-schools-districts/foster-youth-educatio...

Phone: (707) 253-6954

Email: [email protected]

Skyline College

Website: http://skylinecollege.edu/guardianscholars/

Phone: (650) 738-4319

Email: [email protected]

Grossmont Community College

Website: https://www.grossmont.edu/student-support/guardian-scholars-services-for...

Phone: (619) 644-7610

Email: [email protected]

City College of San Francisco

Website: https://www.ccsf.edu/en/student-services/student-counseling/guardians-sc...

Phone: (415) 239-3982

Email: [email protected]

Santa Ana College (formerly YESS program)

Website: https://www.sac.edu/StudentServices/Yess/Pages/default.aspx

Phone: (714) 564-6302

Email: [email protected]

Orange Coast College

Website: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/student_services/guardian_scholars_MAP...

Phone: (714) 432-6877

Email: [email protected]

Cypress College

Website: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/services/eops-care-calworks-guardian-scho...

Phone: (714) 484-7238

Email: [email protected]

California State University, Bakersfield

Website: http://www.csub.edu/gsp/

Phone: (661) 654-3215

Email: [email protected]

California State University, Fullerton

Website: http://www.fullerton.edu/guardianscholars/

Phone: (657) 278-4900

Email: [email protected]

California State University, Monterey Bay

Website: https://csumb.edu/guardianscholars

Phone: (831) 582-5148

Email: [email protected]

California State University, Sacramento

Website: http://www.csus.edu/gs/index.html

Phone: (916) 278-7837

Email: [email protected]

California, Pepperdine

Phone: 310-506-6237

Email: [email protected]

Loyola Marymount University

Website: https://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/community/studentsuccess/guardianscholars...

Phone: (310) 338-5252

Email: [email protected]

San Diego State University

Website: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/eop/programs/guardian-scholars

Phone: (619) 594-0140

Email: [email protected]

San Francisco State University

Website: http://www.sfsu.edu/~eop/gsp/

Phone: (415) 405-0546

Email: [email protected]

San Jose State University

Website: https://www.sjsu.edu/eop/guardian-scholars/

Phone: (408) 924-1089

Email: [email protected]

University of California, Davis

Website: https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/programs/guardian-scholars

Phone: (530) 752-9301

Email:  [email protected]

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Website: https://guardianscholars.ucla.edu/program-information/incoming-students

Phone: (310) 206-3819

Email: [email protected]

University of California, Merced

Website: https://guardianscholars.ucmerced.edu/

Phone: (209) 228-4585

Email: [email protected]

University of California, Riverside

Website: https://fosteryouth.ucr.edu/

Phone: (951) 827-6545

Email: [email protected]

University of California, San Diego

Hope Scholars (formerly Guardian Scholars)

Website: https://fas.ucsd.edu/applying/hope-scholars/

Phone: (858) 534-3898

Email: [email protected]

University of California, Santa Barbara

Website: http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/guardianscholars/home

Phone: (805) 893-3873

Email: [email protected]

University of Southern California

Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/trojan-guardian-scholars/

Phone: (213) 740-2531

Email: [email protected]


Some details vary by College/program. Please visit the websites linked to see if you are eligible.